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Domestic Relations – Equitable Distribution – Debt – Presumptions (access required)

Virginia’s equitable distribution statute does not create a presumption that debt incurred by an individual during a marriage is marital debt, the Supreme Court of Virginia holds in reversing the trial court and the Virginia Court of Appeals. Husband incurred ...

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Real Estate – Easement – Right of Way – Railroad – Abandonment (access required)

A 1909 agreement and deed conveyed a fee simple interest and not just a right of way to Norfolk & Western Railway Company, the Supreme Court of Virginia rules in affirming the lower court’s rejection of a property owner’s claim ...

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Real Estate – Easement – Injunctive Relief – Chain-Link Fence (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia rules that a 60-foot wide ingress and egress easement must be interpreted by its terms and reverses a lower court ruling that denied injunctive relief because the essential purpose of the easement had been met. ...

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Wills & Trusts – Life Estate – Future Interests – Conditions (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia holds that the “early-vesting” rule of will construction establishes the date at which monetary payments are required by a will, so the payments are conditions subsequent rather than conditions precedent. Testator devised a life estate ...

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Sleepover liability case settles for $1.75 million

A Henrico County judge has approved a $1.75-million settlement in the controversial case involving the death of a teenage girl during a visit with a friend. The money comes from the homeowners’ insurance carrier for parents of the victim’s friend. ...

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